Saturday, April 3, 2010


Laozu once told us:
“true words aren’t eloquent
eloquent words aren’t true.”
poetry resonates our heart of hearts
rather than stimulating
some intellectual response.
heartfelt truth transcends
all imagined boundaries,
allowing our souls
a glimpse of this universal.
beyond all space,
beyond all time,
beyond all dogma and thought,
the light shines within you.
my devoted dog Barney
lying quietly at my feet.
Benedictine monks
softly sing Gregorian chants.
the evening sun cascades upon
a peach and orange landscape
for the bright lovers orb tonight,
rises low in this early evening sky.
a voice inside my heart says;
“be still...for,
 you are the way home.”

December 16, 1997
Haean Sŏnwŏn

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